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Couch: 3 quick takes on Michigan State basketball’s win over Minnesota Lansing State Journal
1. Magic, Ward, McQuaid and a badly needed Saturday for MSU
2. MSU’s good news Saturday included a peek at its NCAA tourney seed
3. Freshman thoughts – the Minnesota edition

Nick Ward, Michigan State snap out of funk with blowout of Minnesota Detroit Free Press
On a day the Spartans celebrated Magic and the 1979 national championship team, Ward shook off a recent funk and Matt McQuaid had a career game to help No. 9 MSU end its three-game losing streak with a 79-55 victory over Minnesota on Saturday afternoon at Breslin Center.

Michigan State breaks 3-game skid in style with 24-point win over Minnesota mlive.com
Maybe it was Magic Johnson the 1979 national championship team sitting in the first row of the bleachers. Or maybe this Michigan State team was just sick of losing. Whatever the reason, the Michigan State team that took the floor on Saturday afternoon looked like the juggernaut fans saw in December and January and little like the one that had lost three straight entering the game.

Michigan State back to normal with dominant win vs. Minnesota Spartan Avenue
Would basketball ever be fun again? That was the question on everyone’s mind after Michigan State dropped its third straight game, going from clear leader in the Big Ten standings to a full game out of first. Minnesota came to town on Saturday afternoon looking to hand the Spartans their fourth consecutive loss, but the Golden Gophers were sent packing with a blowout loss, 79-55.

Michigan State buries Minnesota, ends three-game skid Detroit News
Michigan State intended to get back to its roots in order to pull itself out of a three-game tailspin. For the Spartans, that means defending, rebounding and running. They got all of that on Saturday afternoon in a 79-55 victory over Minnesota at the Breslin Center.

Michigan State Bounces Back in 79-55 Victory over Minnesota MSU Official
Junior forward Nick Ward (Gahanna, Ohio/Lincoln) scored 22 points and had nine rebounds, while senior guard Matt McQuaid (Duncanville, Texas/Duncanville) added a season-high 18 points and a career-high eight assists as No. 9 Michigan State beat Minnesota, 79-55, at the Breslin Center on Saturday afternoon.

Michigan State gets back to basics with Magic Johnson in crow Detroit Free Press
It was a Magical day in the Breslin Center. Magic Johnson and Greg Kelser were back together on the court in East Lansing on Saturday afternoon, as Michigan State basketball honored its 1979 NCAA championship team. Johnson sat in the crowd, flashing that magical smile, as the Spartans snapped a three-game losing streak with an impressive 79-55 victory over Minnesota.

Michigan State routs Minnesota to snap losing streak Spartan Tailgate
Very little of Magic Johnson’s life these days is relatable to Michigan State’s current players. Yet when he puts himself back in the shoes of the budding superstar he was in 1979, he’s not so different from Cassius Winston, Nick Ward or Matt McQuaid.